Small should have been a single!!!

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Small should have been a single!!!

Postby buskersude » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:44 pm

Controversial?
I don't think so.

Hi all, this is my first post as a new member!
So the question is why do I think Small should have been a single?

I am a 'professional' busker as well as a 30 year uber Queen fan, and as such I include a few of their songs in my repertoire like STL, FBG and even One Year Of Love but recently I added Small to my list as it's such a lovely song to sing.
As well you all know, its a song positively unknown by the world outside us die hards due to Cosmos Rocks lack of success, but I am amazed at the response it garners from the passing public.

Not only does it regularly earn me better money than some of the other very well known hits I sing, by various popular artists, but it very often attracts interest too on a conversational level with people who have stopped to listen.

Sure I probably don't do Paul Rodgers much justice (I do sing it his way rather than Roger's solo version) but the gentle verses that give way to such powerful chorus seems to push people's buttons.

I just have a feeling Q+PR missed out on something there by not releasing it.

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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Two sharp pencils » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:04 pm

In all honesty they could have released anything from the album & I doubt it would have been a hit
 
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Kes » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:25 pm

Had it been released and got a level of airplay, then something "might" have happened with it.

Unfortunately, anybody playing it on the radio is competing with the chicken and the egg syndrome. They aren't going to play it unless it's either already been a hit, or it features Rhianna or One Erection.
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby buskersude » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:33 pm

True enough points from you both.
I just think what a shame it is that such a song is unknown.

There I am day in day out singing a great song written by Mr. Ga Ga, Mr. AKOM, and yet no one knows it.
Ok, I admit I am biased, can't very well deny it, but still, I know that song could have its own life..

In my humble, best song Rog ever wrote.
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Kes » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:38 am

Add to that...

These days, with streaming and downloads, an album is just a collection of songs, each of which can probably be accessed on it's own, so what in 2014 constitutes a "single"?

Basically, a track the artist or record company have earmarked that might get power play on the radio?

At the end of the day, it will sell "a" song, and maybe some might buy the whole album, but percentage wise, not many.
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby QueenUSA » Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:12 pm

I agree with the OP. It sure seems like it's a song to have universal appeal. I love the reprise of it at the end of the album as well. It is a song that could have breakout potential if it were used as part of a film's soundtrack.

I also agree that it is one of Roger's best.
 
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Woody70 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:36 pm

Small is absolutely fantastic.

With Queen with Freddie - top 5
With QPR (and promotion) top 20 - c -lebrity on Al Murray was a mistake, small, glitter, we believe would have faired much better

Love RT's version, but he's my favourite solo wise so that is no surprise. Its simple, nothing pretentious. Can totally see why people would stop and listen to a version by a busker on the street - the quality of the song and the quality of performance in that case would attract some attention - well done to buskersude for making people aware of a great song. Sublime!
 
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby buskersude » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:08 pm

QueenUSA wrote:I agree with the OP. It sure seems like it's a song to have universal appeal. I love the reprise of it at the end of the album as well. It is a song that could have breakout potential if it were used as part of a film's soundtrack.

I also agree that it is one of Roger's best.



Exactly that, used in a soundtrack of some kind it could really become a well known, and I hope loved song amongst the populace.


I do also realise now that I have posted this thread in the wrong sub, for which I apologise profusely!
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby AlexKx » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:27 pm

Whoa! Kes did you say that about that teeny bopper group?! Lol! Priceless! And yes "Small" is phenomenal! I LOVE it! It's mindblowing.
 
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Khashoggi » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:20 pm

It's one of the weakest songs I've heard in my entire life, to be honest.
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby QueenUSA » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Khashoggi wrote:It's one of the weakest songs I've heard in my entire life, to be honest.


Are you being serious?
 
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby buskersude » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:44 pm

Its all just opinion.

Now C effeing Lebrity was a weak song. Love the riff, I find myself playing it during breaks in my busking sessions. But I'd never try to sing it on the street, I gotta retain SOME dignity . ⚡
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Khashoggi » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:51 am

QueenUSA wrote:Are you being serious?

Yes, completely serious. It's the weakest song of the album, and definitely one of the weakest songs ever. That's my opinion. I simply can't understand why some people seem to rate the song so high. It's utterly boring.
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Re: Small should have been a single!!!

Postby Simon » Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:45 pm

"Small" would have been, by far, the most logic single release in terms of possible airplay on the radio. It's catchy, especially the mantra like "Everyone - needs a place - they can hide" it's mellow, has a distinctive Brian May solo and a distinctive Queen choir part. It comes pretty close to a typical Queen sound (all things considered, i.e. no Freddie and no John and no hunger for success).
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